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Harry Haywood, Chicago 1919 (220)

Following our brief reunion, I tore loose from the family to find out what was happening outside. I went up to the Regimental Armory at Thirty-fifth and Giles Avenue because I wanted to find some of my buddies from the regiment. The street, old Forrest Avenue, had recently been renamed in honor of Lt. Giles, a member of our outfit killed in France. I knew they would be planning an armed defense and I wanted to get in on the action. I found them and they told me their plans. It was rumored that Irishmen from the west of the Wentworth Avenue dividing line were planning to invade the ghetto that night, coming in across the tracks by way of Fifty-first Street. We planned a defensive action to meet them.


America you don’t really want to go to war.
America its them bad Russians.
Them Russians them Russians and them Chinamen. And them Russians.
The Russia wants to eat us alive. The Russia’s power mad. She wants to take our cars from out our garages.
Her wants to grab Chicago. Her needs a Red Reader’s Digest. Her wants our auto plants in Siberia. Him big bureaucracy running our fillingstations.
— Allen Ginsberg, “America”

Sitting in Darkness

Our case is simple. On the 1st of May, Dewey destroyed the Spanish fleet. This left the Archipelago in the hands of its proper and rightful owners, the Filipino nation. Their army numbered 30,000 men, and they were competent to whip out or starve out the little Spanish garrison; then the people could set up a government of their own devising. Our traditions required that Dewey should now set up his warning sign, and go away. But the Master of the Game happened to think of another plan — the European plan. He acted upon it. This was, to send out an army — ostensibly to help the native patriots put the finishing touch upon their long and plucky struggle for independence, but really to take their land away from them and keep it. That is, in the interest of Progress and Civilization.

More War

Democrats and Republicans alike are enthusiastically crowing for more undeclared war.

As of Thursday evening 60 cruise missiles were fired against Syria.

This time it looks as though the US will not only intensify its bombardment of Syria, but seek “regime change” as it has done in many, many countries since WWII (Chile, Guatemala, Vietnam, Iran, Iraq, Haiti, etc.).

The US has been bombing Syria since 2014. It is also currently bombing Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan. In 2016, the last year of Obama’s presidency, the US dropped 26,171 bombs on these 7 countries.

This is an opportune time to pay close attention to the euphemistic language used by those in positions of power to justify their decisions. A narrative is being constructed, the intent of which is to confound those it cannot persuade.